Gaja, Angelo - Cabernet Sauvignon Darmagi 1997

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Gaja, Angelo

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Wine Advocate

There are 1,000 cases of the exceptional, black/purple-colored 1997 Darmagi Cabernet Sauvignon (3-4% Cabernet Franc was added to the blend). With abundant quantities of smoky, concentrated fruit as well as tannin, the vintage's low acid, thick, glycerin-imbued character, and a layered, full-bodied finish, it should develop nicely for two decades.

A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja can not be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. This work of art is worth every cent it will fetch.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2001

Jancis Robinson

Beautiful mature ruby shading right to the rim and a wonderfully sumptuous plummy, cedary bouquet of which many a Médocain would be jealous. Very gentle and sweet but with marvellous freshness too. Hints of liquorice. Lovely.
The first vintage of this famously heretical wine named after Giovanni Gaja’s reaction to the news that the foreign Cabernet Sauvignon was to be planted on 2.5 ha surrounded by Nebbiolo in Barbaresco, darmagi being local dialect for ‘what a shame’. ‘My father never really became a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon,’ Angelo told us. ‘He just wasn’t interested. He liked very old Barbaresco.’ Gaia says that the wine still has some Nebbiolo characteristics because of where it grows. Just 600-800 cases made each year.